As members of the Children’s Budget Coalition, comprised of over 80 advocacy organizations dedicated to prioritizing children and families in federal policy and budget decisions, we were pleased to see Congress pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201) and the president sign it into law on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. We appreciate your leadership to ensure the swift passage of that bill.
While H.R.6201 is a reasonable, initial down payment to address the Coronavirus crisis, Congress must enact bigger and bolder measures to aid our nation’s children and address the mounting unmet needs of low- and moderate-income families during this emergency. As the Coronavirus spreads widely, captures our undivided attention, and threatens our health, it forces us to alter our behavior in significant ways. The resulting school and business closures, layoffs, and loss of or reduced income for millions of households call for aggressive measures to protect American children and families. As a result, we write to urge Congress to prioritize children and low- and moderate-income families as you develop additional, comprehensive emergency response legislation in the coming days and weeks.